Tim Thelen, of Richmond, Texas, took a practice lesson on the putting green a day before the opening round of the PGA Professional National Championship at Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

Faced with competing on Twin Warriors’ slick, double-tiered greens, the 42-year-old Thelen knew that hitting a golf ball 10 percent further in the thin air at 5,400 feet elevation meant nothing when it came to putting.

Thelen went out and putted well enough to cap a final-round 3-under-par 69 and 6-under-par 282 total, earning $53,000 for his second PGA Professional National Championship. He defeated 1995 Champion Steve Schneiter, of Sandy, Utah, by one stroke on the longest course (7,624 yards) in PGA of America history.

Thelen joined Roger Watson (1974-75) and the late Larry Gilbert (1981, ’82, ’91) as the only multiple winners of the nation’s showcase event for PGA Professionals.